This is the medicinal ginger that is also be used for culinary purposes, not the selected culinary type now generally and widely available. The flavour of medicinal ginger is intense, the energy yang and the citrus note clear. Grown primarily for processing and is the type preferred in TCM. Not usually available through fruit and vegetable markets or health food stores.
This is the aromatic brown rhizome utilised in Asia for thousands of years as a digestive remedy and as a spice. Ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, is approved by German Commission E as a remedy for indigestion, motion sickness and a poor appetite. Ginger plant is native to tropical Asia and prefers rich moist soils in a protected sunny position. May be grown as a pot specimen. Flowers are yellow, green and purple and occur as a terminal spike in late summer. Drought and frost tender. A perennial plant, growing to 1.0m x 0.5m.